And the softness of my body will be guarded from embrace By each button, hook, and lace.
Email this page An oft-quoted remark attributed to poet Amy Lowell applies to both her determined personality and her sense of humor: Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, ininto a prominent New England family—her brother, Percival Lowell, was a well-known astronomer, while another brother, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, became president of Harvard College.
As a young girl she attended private schools in between sojourns to Europe with her family and, at the age of seventeen, began a diligent process of educating herself inside the seven thousand-volume library at Sevenels, the Lowell family seat in Brookline where she would also live as an adult.
In August ofat the age of thirty-six, Lowell saw her first poem, "Fixed Idea," published in the Atlantic.
Other poems appeared regularly in various periodicals over the next several years. Claire Healey and Laura Ingram "a typical first book, characterized by conventional themes, traditional forms, and the limitations inherent in the work of a solitary poet who had no contact with other practitioners of her art.
BIOGRAPHY. Alexander Calder was born in , the second child of artist parents—his father was a sculptor and his mother a painter. Because his father, Alexander Stirling Calder, received public commissions, the family traversed the country throughout Calder's childhood. Amy Lowell was a member of the Lowell family which arrived in America in , twenty years after the arrival of the Mayflower, and rose . During a career that spanned just over a dozen years, she wrote and published over poems, yet scholars cite Lowell's tireless efforts to awaken American readers to contemporary trends in poetry as her more influential contribution to literary history.
After beginning a career as a poet when she was well into her thirties, Lowell became an enthusiastic student and disciple of the art. One day inafter reading a number of poems signed "H. The new style of poetry she had just encountered was termed "imagism" by its main proponent, Ezra Pound.
Imagism borrowed from both English and American verse styles to create a new Anglo-American literary movement that "honed poetic expression down to its purest, most direct form," explained Healey and Ingram in Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Hilda Doolittleand Richard Aldingtonamong others—were divided between London and the United States and influenced by the general mood of modernism permeating the era prior to World War I.
With a desire to learn more about imagism, Lowell journeyed to London with the goal of meeting with Pound; she carried with her a letter of introduction from Harriet Monroeeditor of the Chicago-based magazine Poetry. Lowell and Pound struck up a mutual friendship, and she also became acquainted with poet John Gould Fletcher and novelist Henry James ; her trip was also noteworthy for her exposure to other modernist trends in the performing and visual arts.
Back in Boston, Lowell undertook a campaign to make imagist poetry both a critical and financial success in the U. During one trip, in the summer ofshe became an unwitting player in the forming of factions among the imagists, with Pound formally abandoning the movement for a few years and Lowell then taking up editorship of an annual anthology of imagist poetry to which she had previously been a contributor.
An Anthology, to which she also contributed; two more volumes were published in subsequent years. In her introduction to the volume, Lowell attempted to set down some criteria for writers of imagist poetry. They should strive, she wrote, "1. To use the language of common speech.
To create new rhythms. To allow absolute freedom in the choice of subject.
To present an image. To produce poetry that is hard and clear, never blurred nor indefinite. Finally, most of us believe that concentration is of the very essence of poetry. With her friend John Gould Fletcher, Lowell is credited with bringing this versical style, also called polyphonic prose, into American poetry, an art described by S.
Foster Damon in Amy Lowell: A Chronicle as "the most various and supple poetic form ever devised in English.This call for a new narrative coincided not only with demands by feminist scholars for a more inclusive literary canon acknowledging the achievements of women writers, but also, specifically, with new scholarly interpretations of Lowell’s life and career.
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During a career that spanned just over a dozen years, she wrote and published over poems, yet scholars cite Lowell's tireless efforts to awaken American readers to contemporary trends in poetry as her more influential contribution to literary history.
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Amy Lowell's Life and Career Marcia B. Dinneen A my Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the daughter of Augustus Lowell and Katherine Bigelow Lawrence.
Amy Lowell's Life and Career. on Lowell. Particularly interesting are C. David Heymann, American Aristocracy: The Lives and Times of james Russell Lowell, Amy, and Robert Lowell (), and Cheryl Walker, "Women and Feminine Literary Traditions: Amy Lowell and the Androgynous Persona " in her Masks Outrageous and Austere.